NovaMed Urgent Care is here to help if you experience symptoms of pink eye or styes. These common eye infections can cause discomfort and potentially lead to complications if not treated promptly. In this article, we’ll cover the symptoms, causes, and treatment options for pink eye and styes.

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is an infection or inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin, transparent layer of tissue that covers the white part of the eye and lines the inner eyelid. It can be caused by a virus, bacteria, allergens, or irritants. Symptoms of pink eye may include redness, itching, burning, watering, and discharge from the eye. Depending on the cause, other symptoms such as fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes may also be present. If you suspect that you have pink eye, it’s important to seek medical attention promptly. At NovaMed Urgent Care, we can evaluate your symptoms and determine the cause of your pink eye infection. Depending on the cause, we may prescribe eye drops or ointments to help relieve your symptoms and prevent complications.

Red eyes may stem from diverse factors, such as allergies, infections, or underlying medical conditions, and receiving prompt medical care can alleviate symptoms and avert possible complications.


Styes, also known as hordeolum, are red, painful bumps that appear on or near the edge of the eyelid. They occur when a gland in the eyelid becomes infected or blocked. Symptoms of a stye may include a red, swollen bump on the eyelid, pain or discomfort, and crusting or discharge from the eyelid. Styes may also cause sensitivity to light and blurred vision in some cases.  If you develop a stye, it’s important to avoid rubbing or squeezing the bump, as this can cause the infection to spread. At NovaMed Urgent Care, we can evaluate your symptoms and recommend treatment options such as warm compresses, antibiotics, or incision and drainage if necessary.
The image displays a close-up view of a person's eye with visible redness, swelling, and discharge, which may suggest pink eye or stye. The person is receiving medical attention at Chicago Urgent Care to alleviate the symptoms and prevent potential complications. Pink eye is a viral or bacterial infection of the conjunctiva, while stye is a bacterial infection of the eyelid, and both may require prompt treatment to avoid further discomfort and complications.

Prevention Tips

To reduce your risk of developing pink eye or styes, follow these tips:

  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes.
  • Avoid sharing towels, pillows, and other personal items with others.
  • Remove contact lenses before bed and clean them regularly.
  • Replace eye makeup and cosmetics frequently to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Avoid allergens and irritants that may trigger eye infections.

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If you experience symptoms of pink eye or styes, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention. At NovaMed Urgent Care, we can provide prompt evaluation and treatment to help relieve your symptoms and prevent complications. By following the prevention tips above, you can reduce your risk of developing these common eye infections. You can visit our NovaMed Urgent Care Center, and we would love to answer all of your questions.

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